Sacramento is home to a wealth of small business and nonprofits, including Capital Stage. The theatre’s mission – to “entertain, engage and challenge [its] audience with bold, thought provoking theatre” – is close to the hearts of many SAFE members and employees. With that in mind, enjoy this Q&A featuring unique insights from Michael Stevenson, the theatre’s producing artistic director.
How did you become inspired to start your business?
I had worked at CapStage as a freelance director and actor for about 10 years, and was invited to interview for producing artistic director when Jon Williams, who previously held the position, announced his departure.
When did you take your first steps to make your dream a reality?
I was 16 years old, acting in my first show. I started taking singing and acting lessons right after that.
Which milestones in developing your business did you find most significant or gratifying?
First, becoming a member of the Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Additionally, being accepted at American Conservatory Theatre to get my master's degree, followed by my first professional directing job at B Street Theatre. That role led to my freelance directing career, and of course, joining CapStage as producing artistic director.
What’s been your most positive experience so far?
Producing my first season here at CapStage and seeing how fulfilling it can be to aid another director fulfill her/his vision.
How have your opinions of business ownership changed from when you first decided to start a business until now?
As a nonprofit, we're caretakers rather than owners. It's a huge responsibility and we're all aware of how fortunate we are to be stewards of the theatre.
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